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Grand Prix Racecourse
Watkins Glen, New York

Our Dead of the Day comes from upstate New York back in 1973. The next night, the Dead played before a massive crowd at Watkins Glen raceway. But the recording we have here is an extended soundcheck for that show. Just listening to the cheers from the crowd – Heads who were camping out for the next night – makes clear, though, that this is far more than just a simple soundcheck. And while the tunes here lack a little of the flow of a full concert, they are as hot as just about anything the Dead played live. A Promised Land rips out of the gate to begin the night with everyone firing from the very beginning. From there, a Sugaree comes on the scene, initially sounding like two people in a closet are noodling on the theme, but quickly morphing...